ARGYLE landed their man on the final day of the January transfer window when West Ham United midfielder Moses Makasi joined on loan for the remainder of the Sky Bet League One season.
However, manager Derek Adams was frustrated in attempts to add a fifth mid-winter Pilgrim to the ranks after Moses followed Remi Matthews, Simon Church and Zak Vyner to Home Park.
“It’s the worst transfer window that I have been involved in,” he said. “It’s been a difficult and trying window for a variety of reasons.
“We tried and failed with a number of deals over the transfer window. We were involved in triangles and deals not happening somewhere else.
“We tried to take in a good number of players but it didn’t work for one reason or another, either choosing to go to another club; can’t agree a fee with another club; wages; players wanting to stay in different areas; a whole host of things.
“We had players close, but it fell through. There were a couple of players that we did try to get, which had been going on for most of the January transfer window.
“That’s the nature of the transfer window.”
With seven players out and four in during January, Derek is content to dip into the club’s extensive pool of young talent to bolster his squad on the training pitch.
He said: “We have now go the opportunity for some of the younger players – the likes of [Alex] Fletcher, who’s come back from Torquay, and [Cameron] Sangster will train with the first team; and Ryan Law, as well; Michael Cooper. We have got four players there who are getting affiliated with the first team.
“It will give them the opportunity to train with the first team on a frequent basis; that was something that wasn’t possible because of numbers.”
Fletcher is back at Home Park after an unproductive loan spell at National League Torquay United.
Derek said: “He didn’t get game-time and the purpose of him going there was to play games and be in the starting 11, but, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. It was a difficult one for all involved but he comes back here and it gives him the opportunity to train with us daily now.
“He’s seen what’s it’s like to be away, and gets a different experience and learns from that, and then comes back and improves on the ability that he already has.”